n. The Book of Genesis [lit. "in the beginning"].
"My brother is learning Bereshit in his chumash class."
"During our last week of dress rehearsals, the director made us start the play over again from Bereishis every time we had a major flub."
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
- Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
- North America
- Great Britain
- South Africa
- Australia / New Zealand
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
- The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Who Uses This
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Can also be used informally to mean "[from] the beginning" in general, not only in reading the Pentateuch.
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